Latinx Fellowships, Movies, Book Podcasts, and Projects to Watch
Documentary to discover: “LA A Queer History”
“Before Stonewall, there was LA. It all started here.” The new documentary LA a queer story, focuses its lens on the unsung LGBT history of Los Angeles. Directed by Gregorio Davila and produced by Mario J. Novoa and Richard Corral, it will screen March 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Renberg Theater at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Visit here for tickets
Check out these opportunities for writers and filmmakers
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) seeks to increase the quality and quantity of film and media by and about Latinos, especially women of color. NALIP has launched a scholarship and a short film competition to increase visibility. They will select five winners to showcase their films at a special screening at the Diverse Women in Media Forum. NALIP will also stand a chance to win profesprofessional development, community building and mentoring with NALIP and take your project to scale. These opportunities will allow the community to access funding for projects and encourage the community. The deadline to apply is April 29.
The Harvard Kennedy School is accepting submissions for its next volume of the LGBTQ Policy Journal. They intend to feature community members, activists, scholars and students from any institution. Projects must discuss and contribute to the conversation about policies that impact the LGBTQ community.
Jorge Gallegos – graphic designer, media guru and influencer
Jorge Gallegos was bborn and raised in Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and moved to Texas after earning his bachelor’s degree in graphic design. After entering the Tallia Orange Blogger contest in New York, Gallegos, “started to change [his] focus on LGBTQ menswear, lifestyle and travel and showcase more who [he is],” according to WWD Magazine. While Gallegos feared his change in content would scare off sponsors, he knew he wanted to share his true self with his followers and use his platform to encourage others to be “unapologetically themselves and love themselves”. . Currently, Gallegos is focused on creating music as a DJ known as The queer DJ on social networks. Gallegos shared with GLAAD that while struggling to cope with the difficulties of isolation during this pandemic, he has used music to connect with others online. “Like many others, I struggled being locked up at home,” Gallegos explained. “However, what has me through the hard times was the music.” He was inspired by the many DJs on Twitch to start learning, as it “seemed like a natural evolution for [his] brand as a content creator.” He also shares music on SoundCloud “with the intention of raising [his] the vibration of the audience through the power of music.”
A podcast to discover – En La Sala
Evaluna Montanera host of In the Sala, addresses some taboo topics that often go unaddressed in the Latinx community. In this close-up interview-style podcast, Montaner sits down with superstar guests such as Kamala Harris, Ivy Queen, Elena Rose, and more. In one of the final episodes, “Latinx Representation in Hollywood with Leslie Grace,” intimate and personal conversations with the Hollywood actress known for her role as Nina Rosario on In the Heights, Leslie Grace, discuss the importance of Latinx representation and that representation. be specific and without stereotypical tropes. “While we are grateful for any step forward, it is exhausting to feel like we are tiptoeing instead of making real progress towards change,” Montaner explained. “We know we deserve more. Hopefully as we continue these conversations about representation, we can come together to ask for that.”
Reaching new heights with Latinx On The Rise
In latinx on the risehost Annabel Garcia Torres focuses its conversations with “high-achieving Latinx movements and agitators” who deserve to have a platform that provides an opportunity to voice their challenges and accomplishments, in hopes of inspiring listeners. From discussions about the effects of virtual learning for young people to healthcare systems that discriminate against those in the Latinx community. The podcast seeks to motivate listeners to persevere and pursue their goals.
Books You Need in Your Life: Juliet Takes a Breath
Independently published in 2016, then republished in 2019 by Dial Press, Juliet breathes is a light read that tackles heavy topics through the eyes of the main character, Juliet Milagros Palante. The story follows Juliette as she begins her journey of self-discovery as a young adult. Juliet talks about her sexuality and worries about being rejected by her Puerto Rican family, especially her mother. Despite this, Juliet finds herself with the opportunity of a lifetime, as she works with her favorite writer in Portland. Through her experiences and her new friendship, Juliet builds her self-confidence and her courage to live freely.
LA Times Book Club with Reyna Grande and “A Ballad of Love and Glory”
Reyna Grande, author of a 2012 bestseller, “The Distance Between Us,” will join the LA Times Book Club for a virtual conversation with Times editor Steve Padilla about her new novel, “A Ballad of Love and Glory”. The book is set in 1846 and follows a Mexican army nurse and a despondent Irish soldier during the Mexican-American War. The virtual event will take place on March 29 at 6:00 PM PT.